Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal on Saturday made shocking claims about her father saying that he sexually assaulted her when she was a child. Maliwal said that the trauma of sexual assaults in her childhood prompted her to fight for women’s rights.
Speaking to reporters after the DCW International Women’s Day Awards ceremony in India’s national capital, Maliwal said that she faced abuse till the time she was in Class 4.
“I was sexually assaulted by my father when I was a child. I was very small at that time. My father used to beat me up and I used to hide under the bed to save myself,” she said.
She added that while hiding under the bed, she ‘used to think how I will teach a lesson to such men who abuse women and children, and how I can help women get their rights.’
Father sexually abused me. Used to hide under the bed in fear : DCW chief Swati Maliwal. pic.twitter.com/dWOOq8C68t
— Deeksha Negi (@NegiDeekshaa) March 11, 2023
The stunning claims made by Maliwal about her father triggered strong social media reactions with many reminding her about her past tweets where she said she was proud to be a daughter of an armed forces officer.
Swati Maliwal ☕ pic.twitter.com/3PFuyRBt6G
— Ashwini Shrivastava (@AshwiniSahaya) March 11, 2023
I just want to know how this Armyman father who taught swati maliwal courage and how to sacrifice for nation became a sexual predator who harassed and tortured her during her childhood in just 7 years. pic.twitter.com/GsTy3ajjdu
— Desi Engineer. (@Engihumor) March 11, 2023
Ex- Husband of Swati Maliwal Naveen is speaking on the issue through tweets…
They got divorced a few years back, Naveen had left AAP as well. Seeing Swati Maliwal accusing her father, He might speak up! pic.twitter.com/STxynOlTGJ
— Troll Indian Politics (@ipradhanjiii) March 11, 2023
Drama Queen Rakhee
AAP leader and DCW chief Swati Maliwal said she was sexually assaulted by her father in her childhood and the trauma led her to fight for the rights of women used to praise her father before.
She uses her father, family for political gain and sympathy pic.twitter.com/s3dyQ0gn62
— Priya (@priyaakulkarni2) March 11, 2023
Maliwal, who was part of Arvind Kejriwal’s India Against Corruption movement, was appointed the chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women after the Aam Aadmi Party won a landslide in the 2015 assembly polls.